Research Specialist

1 week ago Sassenheim   2 views
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About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit


Plan, set up and execute experiments that lead to innovative new products for global markets

AkzoNobel is a global leader in the area of Decorative Paints and Coatings. This success is based on the highest levels of research and innovation. Central to this research capability is an Expertise Center Waterborne (ECW) that works on challenging research projects aiming at developing new and innovative waterborne concepts for the global Paints & Coatings market.

Within this context, your mission in this role to assume responsibility for the planning and execution of experiments and the reporting of results and conclusions. Working under the supervision of a Project- or Team Leader you make an essential contribution to new and environmentally responsible waterborne paint concepts while deepening our understanding of waterborne paints and coatings. As such, this is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic and forward-thinking candidates who can draw conclusions from experiments and research.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a proactive and results-focused problem solver with a real affinity for the research and laboratory environment? Are you motivated by the idea of exploring possibilities and taking a deep dive into research subjects? Do you have the perception skills to notice changes and developments during experiments? Above all, are you eager to learn, grow and make a difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Research Specialist

The role and its responsibilities
This role and the ECW are based at our major site in Sassenheim, the Netherlands. Your core task is to p lan, execute and evaluate laboratory experiments in an organized and meticulous manner, in line with the departmental research plan. Thus you:
- Set up and perform experimental design for the dedicated development direction and the technological possibilities;

- Draw up the necessary hypotheses;

- Take a critical view and report deviations and unexpected results to the project team;

- Document lab results and report outcomes to the project leader and peers.

Needless to say, you spend significant time in the lab and you make yourself familiar with all relevant characterization techniques, e.g. mechanical and chemical techniques. It is imperative that you take the initiative and ask appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters.

At all times you work safely and observe good laboratory practice and safety standards.

Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
- A vocational education;

- Ideally you have experience with waterborne paints/coatings formulation, testing methods and tools;

- Interested in working with non-standard problems and exploring new topics;

- Critical attitude to assessing the set-up and results of experimental work;

- Good communication and interpersonal skills including strong written and verbal English.

Our offer
We offer a fascinating international environment that rewards your skills and enthusiasm. In addition to a good salary and excellent terms of employment, you can expect an above industry standard number of vacation days. Training opportunities and internal networks enable valuable personal and professional development.

Application details
We welcome your online application, reference 180005PJ. If you have any questions, please contact Ariane Kräutner, Talent Resourcing Partner, phone +31 (0)88 0106789, option 2. An online assessment and employment screening may be part of the selection process.

Feedback is expected to be given by the beginning of April.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.